Kimberley Marie Pavier
- Course: Chemical and Materials Engineering MEng
- Nationality: German and British
Why did you decide to study at the University of Leeds?
I decided to study at the University of Leeds because of its high rankings in the league tables for Chemical Engineering, as well as the chance to specialise in materials which is a topic I find very interesting. I was intrigued by the opportunities the large student union had to offer as well as the fact that Leeds, despite being a big city, is a campus university with a welcoming and homely feel. The tutorial system as well as the practicals and laboratory work offered appealed to me greatly. Furthermore the English language is a great starting point for any international technical engineering work.
What has been the best aspect of studying on your course and at the University and why?
The course is extremely interesting and challenging, I enjoy the many forms of learning and teaching which can range from using computer programmes such as CAD and CrystalMaker to the group design projects and research work. I also enjoy how diverse the course is in terms of the people studying with me, giving me the chance to work on my intercultural skills as well as giving me potential travel destinations. However my extracurricular activities such as being a team member of the Celtics competitive Cheerleading group as well as my membership in Women in Engineering and the ChemEngSoc present me with fun and rewarding opportunities such attending summer balls and LinkedIn workshops.
Tell us about some of the exciting projects you have completed so far?
I have joined the Enactus society and am Project Assistant for Inspiring You, an initiative to inspire secondary students to pursue higher education through the means of teaching them basic business skills in a fun, interactive and competitive manner while also improving their commercial awareness. This is a very rewarding task and something I am very passionate about. I recently also absolved a materials selection assignment on a wind turbine which I found very interesting with elements of both individual and group work. This was one of the first times we had to critically analyse a problem from the root up and combine our theoretical knowledge from our course with our own research and creative ideas to create an optimal solution and communicate this through a report. As I enjoy communicating with an audience and conveying a well researched and sound idea I also like the fact we are given the chance to work on our presentations skills by holding regular group presentations after finishing a design report.
What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?
Everything! It is the best of both worlds - it is a large city with the university area resembling a student village for a more homely feel. It also has great connections for travelling with many academic and non academic opportunities to thrive as a person while also improving your CV. As a northern city the people are also very friendly and welcoming!
What are your ambitions for the future?
I hope to successfully absolve my course and achieve a masters of engineering, I would also like to do some research in an interesting field, maybe in the form of PhD in fields such as Bio-materials or Nanotechnology. In the long run I hope to work in a management position for a big, multicultural and diverse company with the opportunity to interact with interesting colleagues, to continue developing as a person through continued learning and to have a thriving career while travelling the world.
What Experiences at Leeds do you think will help you in your future career?
I believe that every experience I have in Leeds will help me in my future career as it will hopefully open any doors I wish to go through in the future while giving me a good theoretical and practical engineering base. These will also hopefully form me into a more well rounded person through the numerous learning and oppportunities that are available. These experiences can range from working in a team to sucessfully completing a design project, navigating through personal problems in a more positive and efficient manner, to learning important engineering principles while mixing academic skills with various life skills. For example Leeds for life is an excellent platform for this as it keeps track of the skills and experiences that you have achieved and helps you to organise these to see where your strengths and weaknesses are and to encourage you to take initiative. Also for Engineers and Computing students there is an Employability suite with people to help you find experience as well as working on your CV and Interview skills and giving you ideas on how to improve on and highlight necessary job skills.
What would you say to students coming to do the same course?
Have fun and make the most of the many opportunities the university and the city have to offer. Try to find a good work-life balance and you will have an amazing time, the hard work definetely pays off and the course is extremely rewarding!